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Daniel J. Tortora

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469621227

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621227.001.0001

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Killed on the Path

Killed on the Path

Cherokees in the Campaigns against Fort Duquesne

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(p.43) 3 Killed on the Path
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Carolina in Crisis
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Daniel J. Tortora

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621227.003.0004

This chapter discusses Cherokees' involvement in the British campaigns against Fort Duquesne. Cherokees and others served vital and often underappreciated roles, like scouting enemy operations; sharing their customs, beliefs, and medicines; participating in diplomatic relations for the benefit of all; and so on. Given their contributions, the proposal for Cherokee involvement in a larger push toward Fort Duquesne in 1758 seemed straightforward. But the 1758 Fort Duquesne campaign shattered the Anglo-Cherokee military alliance. Over a three-year period, one thousand Cherokees had served as British military allies. Some had traveled nearly three thousand miles and had provided valuable assistance. Yet thirty-seven warriors had died—not fighting their Indian enemies but at the hands of those who they thought were their allies: the Virginia frontiersmen. Maligned, misunderstood, and murdered, despite their military and diplomatic contributions, the Cherokees were more disaffected than ever.

Keywords:   Fort Duquesne, 1758 Fort Duquesne campaign, Anglo-Cherokee military alliance, Virginia frontiersmen, Cherokees

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